Goodbye Ms. Moll

Theater director, Ms. Michelle Moll, decides to leave FHC to pursue her dreams.

Erica Swanson, Staff reporter

Next year FHC will be losing the person behind the scenes coordinating all of the FHC Spotlight Players’ plays. Driven by her love for theater, Ms. Michelle Moll has decided to leave FHC in hopes of pursuing the field after her brother recently earned a job in Los Angeles working in the film industry. Ms Moll hopes to pursue her love for acting and directing in theater/film and was ecstatic when the opportunity called upon itself.

“I have been thinking about it for a couple of years now,” Ms. Moll said. “The first three and a half years I worked here, I was not at full time status, so I was struggling financially. That, as well as some other things, is initially why I began my questioning of continuing at FHC. This year, a great opportunity presented itself, and I knew that I needed to take it before it passed me up.”

Seizing this great opportunity, Ms. Moll hopes to finally accomplish her personal dreams of working in the film/theater industry.

“Being a Theatre teacher/director is definitely a lot of responsibility and takes a lot of time and self-sacrifice,” Ms. Moll said.  “I have put many personal goals on the backburner these past few years, and I would like to take some time to pursue those.”

Additionally, Ms. Moll believes that she is at the perfect time in her life to pursue her dreams and hopes to return to theater education after some time.

“I’m still ‘young’ and unmarried, and I feel that now is the time to take a chance with things that I’ve always wanted to do,” Ms. Moll said.  “However, I really hope to return to teaching one day, hopefully at the collegiate level.”

As to who will be her replacement, Ms. Moll does not know of the school hiring anyone yet.

“At this point, I don’t believe they have hired anyone new, but hopefully someone will be found by the end of the school year,” Ms. Moll said.  “I am looking forward to hearing who the new teacher will be.”

For students like sophomore Rachel Weidig, the thought of a new director is stressful because of the new changes that they can bring.

“It will be really, really hard to adjust to their style,” Weidig said. “Also, it will be hard for the director because the first year teaching at a school is hard.”

She hopes that the new director will be as organized as Ms. Moll.

“I hope they are definitely organized,” Weidig said. “Ms. Moll made it more organized for theater. At times, we can be very tied up in just having fun, and she made sure that we got work done.”

Senior Dohen Gallagher agrees with Weidig in Ms. Moll’s positive influence in the theater department.

“She directed us,” Gallagher said. “Directors have a vision, and she helped the crews and actors and actresses follow that vision by telling us what to do, what to fix and how to improve. She is always pushing us to be one step better than where we are.”